Capitol Report: Jahana Hayes surprise winner for Democrats in 5th District Primary

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When 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty decided against running for reelection due to an abuse scandal in her office, it opened the door to a wide open race.

The surprise winner for the Democrats was former National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes.

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With no political experience, the outsider burst onto the national stage and defeated party-endorsed candidate Mary Glassman.

Meanwhile, her Republican opponent, Manny Santos, doesn’t plan to hand the 5th to Hayes, but he is going to need some help.

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